gray hairs


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gray hairs

Experienced people.
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He strews the seeds of anxiety upon the decks of scudding ships, makes the foam-stripped ocean look old, and sprinkles with gray hairs the heads of ship-masters in the homeward-bound ships running for the Channel.
The younger, on the contrary, not wishing to become the wife of an old man, was equally zealous in removing every gray hair she could find.
A man with gray hair had thrown himself from the boat into the river and was swimming vigorously toward the person who was drowning; but being obliged to go against the current he advanced but slowly.
"Saved!" exclaimed the man with gray hair, who also touched bottom.
sir, what gratitude I feel!" exclaimed the man with gray hair.
He sat down by his wife, his elbows on his knees and his hands ruffling his gray hair.
He was a very lean man, of no more than average height, with gray hair cut short and a stubbly gray moustache.
But he came of a long-lived family, he had not a single gray hair, no one would have taken him for forty, and he remembered Varenka's saying that it was only in Russia that men of fifty thought themselves old, and that in France a man of fifty considers himself dans la force de l'age, while a man of forty is un jeune homme.
They asked questions of a handsome, black-eyed man with curly gray hair, who talked to them in a German accent, while a cheery-faced woman smiled down at them out of a trellised high window of the Swiss cottage perched on the bank.
Aunt Polly had drooped into a settled melancholy, and her gray hair had grown almost white.
He was a tall old man, with a sallow skin and hollow cheeks; his gray hair was thin and long.
Shelley Kesselman, a former student at Episcopal Divinity School, said that brunettes tend to show gray hair more compared to blondes and this could be why (https://www.ibtimes.com/kate-middleton-may-celebrate-prince-louis-first-birthday-doing-2785716) Middleton's gray hairs are visible at times.